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Horten autonomous vessel testbed opens

An official autonomous shipping test-bed has opened in Horten, on the coast of Norway, to support the growth in development of new systems for autonomous maritime operations. The new area is open to both Norwegian and international companies to trial new technology and vessels.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The area has been specially designated for autonomous trials by the Norwegian Maritime Administration and the Norwegian Coastal Administration. Kongsberg, DNV GL, FFI (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment) and the University College of South East Norway have all collaborated on the initiation of the project, which is situated adjacent to Kongsberg Maritime’s Horten facility.

The test-bed is the third of its kind in the country and only the fourth such approved area in the world.

“With critical developments in maritime autonomy technology and software taking place at Kongsberg Maritime in Horten, the location of the new test-bed will support a number of ground-breaking technology projects,” said Egil Haugsdal, president, Kongsberg Maritime.

“The move towards greater autonomy at sea has the potential to transform maritime operations and while the technology has now been proven, we look towards the regulations. Establishment of these test-beds are an important step, as it shows close co-operation between the people making the technology and vessels and the organisations developing the rules that will allow them to operate.”{/mprestriction}

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